Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Antonio Brown knows how his feet got burned, but unless the former Raiders receiver watched the Monday night game, he may not have realized why his ears were burning.Most of the blame belongs to a raucous Raiders crowd at the Coliseum celebrating their team’s 24-16 victory over the Broncos while unleashing their fury on Brown, who begged his way out of town.The not-so-appropriate chants of “(Expletive) AB!” echoed …
27 December 2007South Africa is ranked as the 18th most attractive foreign direct investment destination worldwide in the latest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index by global management consulting firm AT Kearney.This year sees South Africa and the Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar making their debuts in the index’s top 25 FDI destinations, while Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia make a return.China and India continue to rank first and second in the 2007 index, while 15 of the 25 most attractive FDI destinations are developing markets. Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Russia all rank among the top 10.“The assessment of senior executive sentiment at the world’s largest companies found corporate investors optimistic about the prospects for developing nations and increasingly targeting them for more corporate investment in the years ahead,” AT Kearney said in a statement earlier this month.In a reassuring sign, the detailed survey of top executives conducted after the sub-prime crisis found that troubles in the credit markets had not dampened corporate plans for new foreign direct investments.AT Kearney chairman Paul Laudicina pointed out that world’s centre of power continued its “perceptible shift” from developed to developing markets.“While global FDI recovers further from its 2003 lows, the increasingly trans-national behaviour of corporations is reflected in their investment preferences,” he said. “Developed countries are competing with developing countries for investment capital, and developing countries are increasingly winning out.”According to AT Kearney, emerging markets also have registered the strongest investor optimism, with India, China, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam experiencing the most positive change in investment outlook during the past year.“While China and India remain the top destinations for first-time investments overall, developing country investors are more bullish about new markets such as Vietnam, Brazil and South Africa, while developed market investors tend to stick to familiar markets,” FDI Confidence Index manager Janet Pau said.“Developing country investors also are likely to be responsible for more than half – 54% – of the investments greater than $500-million over the next three years.”Among developed countries, the US again placed third, while Europe’s economic recovery helped Germany and the UK maintain their top 10 rankings. Australia ranked 11, with France, Canada and Japan placing 13, 14 and 15 respectively.The index, a regular survey of global executives, provides a unique look at the present and future prospects for international investment flows, with companies participating in the survey accounting for more than US$3.8-trillion in annual global revenue.The 25 most attractive FDI destinations according to Corporate Executives:ChinaIndiaUnited StatesUnited KingdomHong KongBrazilSingaporeUnited Arab EmiratesRussiaGermanyAustraliaVietnamFranceCanadaJapanMalaysiaOther Gulf StatesSouth AfricaMexicoTurkeyIndonesiaPolandCentral AsiaSouth KoreaCzech RepublicSAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some farmers in Ohio were concerned with the timing of rains that come through during the critical corn pollination stage. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Tate Cockerill says that customers in his area could see some of the best corn yields in years and the soybeans that looked like they wouldn’t produce may be surprising as well. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Cockerill for this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
By Carol Trivette, PhDEngaging families can be simple at times yet very hard at others. One of the things that can make it hard for practitioners is when we do not know how families REAL feel about a situation. The situation might concern something you are doing or saying to the family. The situation might concern the child’s development or behavior. Or, the situation might concern how the family is changing during deployment or another major life event. But regardless of whether we know what the situation is or not, we might be unsure of what to do or say. If we knew what the parent was feeling, then we might know what to say. What if we carried around a set of emoji expression cards, then families could just hold up a card to indicate how they are feeling….mad, surprised, sad, or confused… maybe then we would know what to say? Would an emoji really help us know what to say next? Probably not.Emojis“Negative” emotions are a little daunting because we might not know exactly what is going on in a parent’s life, and we may worry that asking about it might be seen as disrespectful, intrusive, insensitive, or rude. Yet it is very awkward to know that something is wrong with a parent you are visiting and just continue with the conversation as if everything is fine.We want to be respectful, sensitive, responsive, collaborative, and flexible. What if we just put on a sincere emoji face and say to the parent, “It seems like something is up. Is there something you want to talk about?” Through these questions we are being honest (“it seems like something is up”), respectful (“is there something you want to talk about?”), and yet at the same time we are not pressuring the parent to talk. If the response is “No,” we can respond by saying, “Ok, but if you change your mind, I’ll be glad to listen.” This is respectful and sensitive (“OK”), while also demonstrating our willingness to be responsive (“I’ll be glad to listen if you want to talk”).If the parent indicates that they would like to talk about what is happening and they begin to share, then we need to be really good listeners. Remember “listen” has the same letters as “silent.” Respectful listeners do not talk over the other person, make light of the problem, or offer suggestions or solutions. Good listeners are quiet, attentive, and they reflect on what a person says to clarify. After a while if the parent indicates that advice is welcome, this is the time to start a collaborative, empowering conversation. You might begin by asking, “What have you thought might help?” or “What have you tried in the past that helped?” This response is respectful, because it does not appear that you have a magic answer and the implication is that the parent’s ideas or previous experiences might be helpful.Even in a world where parents routinely tell us what they are feeling with an emoji card, we probably still would not know what to say. But perhaps the next time you are in an awkward situation with a parent, you will think of an appropriate emoji. Then, try putting on a sincere emoji face and use one of these prompts to start a conversation. Just remember that you can only start the conversation, parents do not have to join it. It is their decision and we have to respect that. This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.